When asked by Diane Sawyer in her April interview if she would be willing to ask Republican leadership to promote LGBT issues, perhaps speaking to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Jenner said she would. "In a heartbeat, why not?" she said. "And I think they'd be very receptive to it." She added she didn't think either party had a monopoly on "understanding."
Will Ms. Jenner go to Washington? Angelo hopes so. "There is an invitation on the table. I am letting Caitlyn Jenner's agent know I would be more than happy to take her to Capitol Hill and introduce her to prominent Republicans," Angelo said.
And Caitlyn has already accomplished "tremendous educational advocacy" with Republicans just by being who she is and letting everyone know, Angelo added. "One can only imagine how much she could do if she made a point to come to Washington and actively engage in advocacy," he said. "The potential to make in-roads has never been greater."
Caitlyn Jenner is already taking the steps toward increased advocacy and possible political involvement. She's visited transgender youth at L.A.'s LGBT Center in Los Angeles, traveled to attend an event with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, in San Francisco, and met with other transgender women in New York City.
"She is doing what she can to get up to speed on the issues that affect all members of the transgender community, especially those that might not have the same advantages that someone of her celebrity does," Angelo said. "Lobbying isn't a rocket science but it is an art."
Last Monday, she flexed her social media and popular culture power, kicking off her first in a series of editorials for Who Say. Caitlyn wrote about the freedom of finally getting to know her own transgender community. In The Real Me series, Caitlyn plans to tell stories about people, explore "serious issues" within the LGBT community, and share the lessons she's learning on this new course.
"Who knows what the future may hold. From everything I have learned, Caitlyn Jenner is not flying fast and loose with any of this and is proceeding carefully with the acknowledgement of those transgender advocates before her and taking it one day at a time," Angelo said.
Could Caitlyn be the next celebrity to run for political office? "Political involvement is a good predictor of future political activity. That's how Ronald Reagan got involved. He started to become active in the Republican party. He was a celebrity endorser to get support for candidates and then ingratiated himself to party leaders and then he got some credibility and so on," Kondik said.
Celebrities have plenty of options for getting politically involved if they want. There's always the opportunity to host fundraisers and record robo-calls, those automated, political campaign messages. She could simply begin to meet with state legislators in her own home state of California, Angelo said.
"Let's first let Caitlyn Jenner figure out what she wants to do before trying to create a tremendous challenge or goal or expectation or demands for her to live up to. It creates unreasonable expectations for someone who is just doing her best to help the transgender community," Angelo said. "What the future holds is entirely up to Caitlyn Jenner."